One little surprise that comes along with having a new baby is just how overwhelming the slew of requisite baby bottles can become. Is it the end of the world? Of course not. Is it majorly inconvenient when you already find yourself struggling to complete the smallest household tasks with an infant in your arms? Absolutely. The key to preventing those bottles — and all of their corresponding pieces — from overtaking your kitchen? It's all about organization. Here, seven products that will help you to reclaim control of countertops.
Think the baby bottle doesn't really change much from year to year? Think again! While last year's crop of new bottles showed off the collision of technology and design, this year's appears to be heading back to basics. We've spied a number of bottles designed to mimic breastfeeding, making the transition from breast to bottle as seamless as possible. Take a look at seven bottles that are starting to hit store shelves now!
"I have to get my baby to take a bottle but he won’t," says mom Sarah C. in a panic. She's worried about her upcoming six-hour work shift next week. "I've tried expressing my milk, tried formula and different bottles, but he just hates it," she says of her 15-week-old son. Shakira too, would like to give herself an occasional break from breastfeeding, but her daughter won’t take a bottle, whether it’s filled with breast milk or formula. "I breastfeed my daughter every day, all day, but I would like and really need for her to take a bottle." If you, too, like Sarah and Shakira, feel like a prisoner because your baby refuses a bottle, the following six tips from other moms may help your situation.
The average baby bottle is about to get a modern makeover! Most moms don't equate technology and baby bottles, but as with most baby products, the two worlds are colliding. From new bottles designed for breastfed babies to bottles that avoid plastic and glass altogether, take a look at seven bottles that will be hitting store shelves this year!
When you become a parent, the phrase "poppin' bottles" takes on a whole new meaning. It can take a dishwasher full of models to get the fit just right so we've tested baby bottles, sippy cups, and straw sippy cups for you. Reach for our best bets first with these reviews and share your favorite bottles in comments.
- 5 Best Baby Bottles — Some companies cater to tots moving from breast to bottle, while others boast to be made of more pure components. Like children, the feeding contraptions come in all shapes and sizes. Some infants reject one brand and latch right on to another, so we've tested numerous lines and rounded up five of the very best bottles on the market.
- Battle of the Sippy Cups — When my son's pediatrician reminded me to get him started on a sippy cup, I found myself running to the store in search of the perfect first cup. Walking down the weaning aisle, I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of drinking vessels on the market. I quickly grabbed the now-BPA-free version of the same cup my older son had used, washed and sterilized it, and gave my lil tyke the go-ahead. It hit the floor in the blink of an eye. After a week of him simply chewing on the nozzle, I went back and gathered up a few different brands to see which he would like. After a month, we had some clear favorites.
- Battle of the Straw Sippy Cups — As a second child, my lil one is constantly on the go and we needed a cup that was easily transported. I reached out to a number of companies and put seven brands to the test. Check out the results!
Step away from your bottles! The concern over bisphenol A, otherwise known as BPA, has been on the rise for the past few years leading many baby product companies to change their manufacturing procedures. Earlier this week, at the Pediatric Academic Societies' annual meeting, researchers presented information tying the prenatal exposure to the plastics byproduct with childhood asthma. While many states are in the process of banning BPA from baby and kids products, how much do you understand about this chemical and its effects on the human body? Take this quiz to test your BPA knowledge.Take the Quiz
Trendy tots sip from stainless steel bottles! New mamas looking to bypass the plastic bottle drama have other shatter-resistant options than glass. Earthlust's Birds & Bees stainless steel bottles ($24) are eye candy. Insulated to keep beverages cold or warm for up to four hours, the containers are designed to grow with tots, coming with pieces to transition from a slow-flow bottle to non-spill sippy cup. Like Earthlust's grown-up water bottles, the Birds & Bees collection is BPA-, PVC- and phthalate-free, making it a safer choice.
Could stainless steel replace plastic baby bottles? From stainless steel water bottle company Pura, Pura Kiki is a colorful line of baby bottles ($16 each) that convert into sippy cups. They're BPA-, phthalate-, and plastic-free, making them a seemingly safe option for new mamas. Unlike breakable glass bottles, stainless steel can be dropped or thrown and still be no worse for the wear. The bottles are compatible with most major brand's nipples (including Born Free, Dr. Browns, and Think Baby) and can be converted into sippy cups with a simple switch of the nipple. To monitor a lil one's liquid intake, the bottles feature interior markings rather than the traditional exterior versions. Would you switch to stainless?
Being a mom also means being an acrobat. We juggle schedules, children, and our own needs in order to get everything done in a 24-hour period. It also means that we have to juggle our lil one's items as we run out the door or are standing in line.
For any mama who has tried to fill a bottle of formula while holding a screaming baby, Nourish Water Bottles ($3.50 each) were designed just for you. Each BPA-free, PET bottle is filled with eight ounces of purified spring water and is closed with a ready-to-use reusable nipple meaning that fixing your next bottle on the road simply involves adding your favorite powdered formula. No more running into a store to buy a bottle of water and no more measuring. For tots who have moved beyond the bottle, but aren't ready for a standard bottle of water, the company also makes a 10-ounce sippy cup version of the bottle.
Would you stock up on these ready-to-go bottles?
Was Christian Audigier, founder of Ed Hardy, picking Jon Gosselin's brain about baby products when they were yachting in the South of France? We don't know exactly what the two were discussing earlier this Summer, but perhaps the dad of eight was giving some input on newborn products.
The company just announced the launch of Ed Hardy Baby Products, which will include baby bottles, bibs, and pacifiers featuring the tattoo designs. The BPA-free bottles and suckers will be manufactured in Germany using a silicone treatment to meet current safety standards and are expected to hit store shelves in October.
Are you interested in the latest eclectic offerings?